Melanie Backe-Hansen is an historian, writer, and speaker, who specialises in researching the history of houses, streets, and areas throughout the United Kingdom. For close to six years Melanie was the first and only historian to be employed by a UK estate agent to research the history of houses and streets. Since 2012 Melanie has been an independent house historian, completing private house history commissions, as well as consulting for corporate and media projects and property companies.
Melanie is the author of two books: House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Door (2011) and Historic Streets and Squares: The Secrets on Your Doorstep (2013) and regularly writes for luxury lifestyle magazines and the national press, including The Times and The Evening Standard. Her house histories have appeared across the national media, including The Telegraph and Financial Times, and she is also a frequent contributor of expert comments in the media, including Wall Street Journal , The Daily Mail, and BBC radio.
Melanie is an honorary teaching fellow at the University of Dundee and tutors a house history module for The Centre for Archive and Information Studies. She is also a regular speaker on the history of houses, including The Ideal Home Show, events at The Geffrye: Museum of the Home, and is a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University. Melanie is also on Twitter as @househistorian